Mangrove Plantation in Sundarban, Post Cyclone Amphan

Report: Utsav Chatterjee

As Sundarban is recovering from Cyclone Amphan, We Wild, has taken up an initiative to plant 1 Lakh Mangrove Tree saplings in the Bali Island of Sundarban. Cyclone Amphan in the month of May 2020, hit West Bengal mainly the Sundarban causing devastation to life, livelihood, and environment, destroying large parts of the Mangrove forest.

Mangroves protect the shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods. The forest also helps prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.

Rathindranath Das also known as Tiger Rathin of We Wild speaking to News Sense said, ‘We Wild has been working on a holistic process of distributing necessary items of relief to the people of Sundarban area for the past 2 months.

30 Ladies from Bali Island have been selected for the process of Mangrove Sapling Plantation in that area as it would help them generate income to support livelihood. Till now out of 1 Lakh saplings and nearly 12 Thousand Mangrove seeds have been collected so far.

State Forest Department is also associated with this movement of Mangrove Plantation and are providing regular guidance. We Wild is also getting help from Mangrove Scientists as to how and where Mangrove saplings can be planted.  South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) an NGO is also associated with the project of Mangrove Plantation and Habitat Regeneration in Sundarban.

Mr. Das added ‘Species of Mangroves like Math Garan and Dudul are currently collected for plantation and We Wild had a conversation with the Director of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve (under West Bengal Government) Mr. Piar Chand, who is connected with this entire initiative’.

We Wild, an organization that works for the conservation of Wild Animals and Forests, have been raising funds across different states of India for the cause of Tiger Safety, Animals, and Forest Cover Rehabilitation. So far, around 6000 Campaigns have been conducted in schools which includes awareness about wild lives mainly tigers, and forest belts in India.

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